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23rd March, 2017 - 8:07 am
first_utility

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Last October we revealed that energy supplier First Utility was planning to launch their own UK fixed line home broadband and phone service (here), which initially only went live for existing customers. The good news is that their FTTCfibre” and ADSL based packages are now live for everybody. Read More..

22nd March, 2017 - 2:10 pm
Virgin Media 2014 UK Logo

Author: Mark Jackson | 27 Comments

Cable broadband and TV operator Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today announced a significant speed boost across their range of Internet access packages, which sees their entry-level service jump from 50Mbps to 100Mbps and their top package go from 200Mbps to 300Mbps. Read More..

22nd March, 2017 - 10:53 am
scotland map

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

The Scottish Government has today published a new Digital Strategy, which among other things confirms their plan to make 30Mbps+ “superfast broadband” available to 100% of premises by 2021 via an “outside-in” approach (prioritising public investment for the hardest to reach rural areas). Read More..

22nd March, 2017 - 9:35 am
plusnet uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Internet provider Plusnet has today been hit by a fine of £880,000 after the national UK telecoms regulator ruled that they had incorrectly billed 1,025 ex-customers for landline and broadband services, which occurred between 26th May 2011 and 3rd September 2015. Read More..

22nd March, 2017 - 1:04 am
entanet uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 18 Comments

Communications provider Entanet has criticised the House of Lords for its failure to consult with the industry before deciding to vote through a tough new Universal Service Obligation (USO), which aims to deliver a minimum download speed of 30Mbps (6Mbps upload) to all by 2020. Read More..

21st March, 2017 - 2:39 pm
three uk mobile broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

Mobile operator Three UK has confirmed that a fault with their online account management system meant that a “small number” of their customers were recently able to view the accounts details of other users, which included names, addresses, phone numbers, call history and past bills etc. Read More..

21st March, 2017 - 2:09 pm
piracy internet UK STOP sign

Author: Mark Jackson | 6 Comments

One of the major broadband ISPs involved in enforcing a court-ordered block of websites that facilitate Internet piracy (copyright infringement) has revealed that their filters are now preventing access to a total of 3,814 URLs (sites), although this figure doesn’t tell the whole story. Read More..

21st March, 2017 - 1:33 pm
bt fibre optic cable bloom

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

Openreach’s (BT) Managing Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Kim Mears, has revealed that the telecoms giant has increased their UK coverage of 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) broadband technology from 350,000 premises last year to 435,000 now and the ramp up continues. Read More..

21st March, 2017 - 11:10 am
censorship internet button

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

The Lords Communications Committee has today published their new report (‘Growing up with the internet‘), which calls for an end to “underperforming” self-regulation and “intervention at the highest level of the Government” in order to help protect children online. Read More..

21st March, 2017 - 10:16 am
csw broadband property level broadband map

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The CSW Broadband project with BT (Openreach), which aims to make “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) available to “nearly” 94% of premises Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry (England) by 2017, has launched a new coverage map with detail down to the level of individual properties. Read More..

21st March, 2017 - 8:19 am
infrared_blub_wireless_communications_technology

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Before Bluetooth came along it was quite normal for early portable devices (PDAs, Smartphones etc.) to communicate via a short line-of-sight link using Infrared light. Now scientists at the Eindhoven University of Technology have used a similar approach to deliver a “100 times fasterWiFi style network. Read More..

20th March, 2017 - 2:54 pm
swansea_in_wales_uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Welsh and UK Governments have today signed a new Swansea Bay City Region deal worth £1.2bn, which covers the Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire council areas and aims to improve local health, business, energy and broadband services. Read More..

20th March, 2017 - 2:15 pm
street_cabinet_fttc_fibre_broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

The Northumberland County Council in England has confirmed that a third extension contract worth £6.4 million has been signed with Openreach (BT), which will enable an additional 3,200 homes and businesses to access their FTTC/P based “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network. Read More..

20th March, 2017 - 12:54 pm
gfast extension pod low res

Author: Mark Jackson | 13 Comments

A few more details have leaked out today about Openreach’s (BT) new 330Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9700/9701) broadband technology, which among other things reveals that ISPs will be able to raise a fault if a customer’s line speed drops below a threshold of 100Mbps. Read More..

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